Dealing with the impact of COVID-19 on staff mental health

By Kam White, Head of People and Culture, Hotwire. For many of us, the last few weeks have seen mental health concerns brought into sharp focus, as businesses – and their staff – adapt to the ‘new normal’. This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week comes at a time where employee mental health is under intense pressure, […]

Mental health and the law – an obligation to protect

By Catherine Hawkes, associate, Royds Withy King, With one in six employees experiencing a mental health problem at some point in their career, it is important that employers take proactive steps to deal with this issue. The PR industry is a sector which is particularly vulnerable to stress and mental health issues given the nature […]

Matt Haig on Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt in PR

We need to stop promoting fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) in public relations, says mental health author Matt Haig. By Gabrielle Lane and Cicely Creswell, As an influential voice in the mental health conversation, author Matt Haig is spreading an important message of commonality. Four years after the release of Reasons to Stay Alive, a personal reflection […]

PR’s mental health issue – and six tips to improve yours

By Daniel Gerrella, When I wrote about the CIPR’s State of the Profession Survey last month, I mentioned that I would revisit the mental health findings at a later date. As this week is Mental Health Awareness Week, it felt like this was the perfect opportunity. What is the Mental Health of the PR Industry? As a reminder, […]

Under Pressure: PR industry on brink of a mental health epidemic

By Alexander Garrett, Since the beginning of January, staff at London PR agency Frank have been on the receiving end of a surprising incentive. In an industry that prides itself on communicating constantly, employees have been rewarded for not using their phones. The Frank on Hold scheme uses an app to give points – which […]